Please Read Before You Commit To The Ireland Pilgrimage
Financial Details (updated August 3rd)
Total price is $3,200. (Is this a deal, or what?! )
PAYMENT IN FULL is expected once you've been contacted that there is an open space and you agree to go.
Your payment includes
All accommodations at hotels along the journey. All participants will be in double rooms. If a couple's space becomes open, and accepting couple will be lodged together. Individuals will be coordinated to share rooms in the most agreeable arrangements possible.
All travel within the official start and finish of the ZG Pilgrimage (Comfortable van and ferry)
Several meals (see itinerary below for details)
All site/event tickets
The expert, informative, and entertaining guidance and storytelling of the charismatic Carl McColman. (Hard to put a price on that!)
Your payment DOES NOT include
Your travel to and from Ireland. Many people will want to come early or stay after, and we will be traveling from diverse places - so your flights will be yours to arrange and pay for.
Some meals (see itinerary below for details)
Any expenses beyond the official program (late night pub session? lunch on your own while shopping etc)
Plan to be at Trinity House Hotel by 4:00 pm, Wed, Sept 20. (It should take ~30-45 minutes from the Dublin airport, depending on traffic, and whether you're in a car or bus.) It is your responsibility to arrange your transportation from the airport to the hotel. Our event begins formally at 6:00 pm that night with storytelling and music.
While in Dublin, we will spend time in the city to see Trinity Library and the Book of Kells, The National Post Office (critical site in the history of Irish independence), and the National Museum. (These tickets are all included in your price.)
The next day, we will take a field trip to Newgrange and The Hill of Tara. (These tickets are all included in your price.)
Driving from Glendalough to Cashel, we'll visit St Brigid's Cathedral, the monastery devoted to Brigid, and Tower. We will have an opportunity for Christian church service this morning, for those who are interested.
Dinner & Breakfast are at the hotel, and are included in our price.
Driving from Cashel to Galway, we'll visit the Rock of Cashel castle and cathedral, one of Ireland's most historic and evocative sights.
We will lunch along the way (not included in our price), probably in Ennis.
We'll arrive and have dinner (not included in our price) at a local pub/restaurant in the evening. (Lots to choose from in Galway!)
Tuesday will be an optional trip to Inishmore in the Aran Islands (included in your price), where we’ll tour the island via minibus with a guide, and experience the dramatic Dun Aengus Fort on the cliffs. We will have a group dinner that night (included in your price), and a ritual closure and farewell.
Checking out of the hotel Wednesday, you will have the choice to:
Continue your Ireland journey on your own from Galway
Fly home out of nearby Shannon airport (~ 1 hour by car, 2 hours by bus)
Return to Dublin with the ZG crew (option is included in your price), and catch a flight or carry on from there. Keep in mind, we will need to time to get ready to depart in the morning, and it will take ~2 hours and 20 minutes to get into Dublin (and a little more to the airport). Also, keep in mind, you'll need to check in 2 hours before departure for an international flight. So, please don't book flights departing before 2:00 pm out of Dublin, if you need the ZG crew to get you to the airport in Dublin.
We will be traveling by van between cities. Please note that roads in Ireland do not look like American freeways - we will encounter narrow, and sometimes elevated, winding roads.
We will travel by ferry to Inishmore. (This excursion will be optional. For those who go, the ticket is included in your price.)
Those with motion sickness will want to be prepared for this type of travel.
ZG strongly recommends grabbing a copy of Rick Steves's travel guide "Ireland". This will be helpful for understanding options to and from airports, travel tips, and planning any additional travel in the country.
Religious & Social Details
Our tour guide, Carl McColman is an expert in Christian, Pagan, and Celtic history, and will beguile us with information and inspiration from the complex history of Irish spirituality. We will visit Catholic sites, and also Pagan sites. If you might find yourself offended by either, please consider whether this pilgrimage will be comfortable for you.
We consider community building as part of the pilgrimage. It is our hope that you will make new friends, or enjoy this adventure with dear ones. It is our expectation that everyone will welcome room assignments, vehicle choices, and wherever you end up at a table as a new chance to get to know a fellow pilgrim. We will work to create contemplative and alone time into each day, but please know there will be lots of social activity as well.
We will begin each morning with optional time for meditation/centering prayer together.
Some people will be drinking alcohol sometimes. (This IS Ireland!) Please consider whether you are comfortable with this.